Sunday, August 29, 2010

Blue-winged Leafbird

I thought I heard the husky call of a Stripe-throated Bulbul in the forest; when I traced back to the source in between leaves and branches, it was actually a colorful Blue-winged Leafbird.

I thought I had been fooled in this early morning when it raised its head high and arrogantly by showing me its black beard; it likes to imitate the calls of various other species of birds.

I thought it had flown away when I zoomed in but could not find in the viewfinder, it actually mixed very well with the colors of the surroundings.

If not because of the straight beak, I may have mistaken this leafbird as a parrot. Most parrots are predominantly green with other bright colors. Am I right?

It is another lifer in my life list.

27 comments:

Kilauea Poetry said...

Yes, I think your right.. I see the blue! Very beautiful your arrogant friend-

Frieda said...

What a beautiful bird. The birds up here aren't that colourful, usually...

Bangchik said...

A beautiful bird, as beautiful as the little serindit....

Mike said...

Rainfield, very colourful, well spotted.

Kirigalpoththa said...

That is a very colorful bird yet difficult to find in the leaves.

silent moments said...

such a beutiful bird! yes its colour pattern is close to that of a parrot.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Ah...I know what you mean this bird will be difficult to detect in the wild. The birds colour blend well with its surrounding. Wonderful shots.

wenn said...

nicely camouflaged.

Bengbeng said...

it can imitate other birds... wonderful

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Wow! That is one beautiful bird. What a find! I think you are a happier hiker than usual today.

Ratty said...

Very beautiful bird! It reminds me of the goldfinches I see, but with more colors.

George said...

You did a wonderful job of capturing this bird since it is so well camouflaged. Congratulations on getting another lifer.

AVCr8teur said...

In the last photo, the bird looks camouflaged into the tree and leaves. Most unusual and beautiful birds you have there.

Grass said...

Nice bird! Must be a good singer...

Mei Teng said...

The bird has very colourful feathers. I saw one colourful bird in the park this morning too. But don't know its name.

Cher said...

talk about camouflaged!
great captures! wonder why men have more inclination in capturing birds and other flying critters. ;)

VanillaSeven said...

That bird trying to wake you up.

CH said...

You a very colourful friend, Rainfield.

Wish you a Happy National Day.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful and colorful bird, Rainfield..You're so lucky to see so many different critters in the forest..

eileeninmd said...

What a colorful and beautiful bird! I am glad you were able to capture him to share with us.

Cheryl said...

Wow, what a beautiful bird. I would love to hear and see such a bird. Its lucky to be able to blend it so nicely with its surroundings.

Ginnymo said...

What a beautiful bird and he can hide quite well among the leaves.

Life Ramblings said...

gorgeous bird and you're so lucky to see it up close. happy merdeka!

fufu said...

wow nice bird! happy merdeka!

Harumi said...

Wanna wish you and your family..

Selamat Hari Merdeka!

PS: Will get back to this post again once I finish the previous lot. ^__^

ruthi said...

Cool camouflager. I had to look harder too to find the birdie.

Harumi said...

Beautiful colors and a great camouflage.